No Heroes, No Villains

No Heroes, No Villains

By Steven Phillips

Vintage, Paperback, 9780394725314, 256pp.

Publication Date: February 12, 1978


On June 28, 1972 in a South Bronx subway station, John Skagen, a white off-duty policeman on his way home, suddenly and without apparent provocation, ordered James Richardson, a black man on his way to work, to get against the wall and put his hands up. Richardson had a gun, and the two exchanged shots. In the melee that followed, Skagen was fatally wounded by a cop who rushed to the scene. In the ensuing trial, William Kunstler handled Richardson's defense and the author of this book, then assistant district attorney, prosecuted the case. Here is a first-hand, behind-the-scenes account of every step of the proceedings.

About the Author
Steven Phillips is Chief Scientist at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan.

Praise For No Heroes, No Villains

"Sober and straightforward, and instructive in the way that Anthony Lewis was in Gideon's Trumpet."- The New York Times Book Review